Supporting the Arts on First Night

Special Events

Preliminary Schedule subject to change

Bubble Wrap Stomp
Photo: John Markus
 
Bubble Wrap Stomp
A favorite activity of many parents, too! Watch the kids show joy as they break the bubbles and make lots of noise!
A favorite activity of many parents, too! Watch the kids show joy as they break the bubbles and make lots of noise!
Community Center Aerobics Room at  1:00 to 3:00 PM  (Button-free)
 
Candyland
 
Candyland
Play a life-size Candyland game - you are the game piece as you move along the giant board.
Play life-sized Candyland - you are the game piece as you move along the giant board following the rules of Candyland. Be the first to the castle as you pass through the Peppermint Forest, meet Queen Frostine and her ice cream sea, and try to avoid The Villain of Candy Land, Lord Licorice. Candy prizes for all courtesy of Chatham Candy Manor.
St. Christopher's Parish Hall at  1:00 to 6:00 PM
 
Carnival Caper
Photo: Ron Snider
 
Carnival Caper
A costumed road race, sponsored by the Chatham Squire. Register, show off your costume, and race for fun!
A costumed road race, from the Chatham Squire to the Lighthouse and back, sponsored by the Chatham Squire. Register outside the Squire starting at 2 pm ($10); Costume judging at 2:30 pm; the race starts at 3 pm (a bit under 2 miles round-trip). Tee shirts and beef stew served at the Squire after the race! Spectators line Main Street to cheer on the runners, walkers, and anyone else parading down the road in costume.
Outside the Squire at  2:00 to 3:30 PM  (Button-free)
 
Challenge! Trivia for Teens & Tweens
 
Challenge! Trivia for Teens & Tweens
“Ooch” Outchcunis and his brother Nik lead trivia high tech, interactive, and loads of fun.
EPL favorite Brett “Ooch” Outchcunis and his brother Nik will host their unique spin on trivia – high tech, interactive, and loads of fun – for tweens and teens in grades 5 to 12. (Prizes provided by the Eldredge Public Library)
Eldredge Public Library at  3:00 to 4:30 PM  (Button-free)
 
Children's Art Studio
 
Children's Art Studio
Children's craft projects - all child friendly and designed with great creativity.
This event is always very popular, so find your way here as soon as possible. Children craft fascinating stuff, each in their own way. Projects are all child friendly and designed with great creativity.
Elementary School Cafeteria at  2:00 to 5:00 PM
 
Face Painting
Photo: Susan Karchmer
 
Face Painting
What child does not enjoy having something fabulous painted on their face?
What child does not enjoy having something fabulous painted on their face? Our painters are the best and the line moves really fast.
Monomoy Middle School Cafeteria at  12:00 to 4:00 PM
 
Early Fireworks at Veterans Field
Photo: Stanlee Wetzel
 
Early Fireworks at Veterans Field
Spectacular fireworks at Veterans Field after the Noise Parade, as a special treat for the young First Nighters.
Spectacular fireworks after the Noise Parade will be presented as a special treat for the young First Nighters. The show is at Veterans Field and viewing is from the parking lot and fields behind the Chatham Community Center.
Veterans Field at  6:30 PM  (Button-free)
 
Midnight Fireworks & Countdown Cod at Oyster Pond
Photo: Jane Murray
 
Midnight Fireworks & Countdown Cod at Oyster Pond
Join the fun in counting down to the exact moment when 2020 begins with a burst of spectacular fireworks and the dropping of the Countdown Cod.
First Night Chatham counts down to the exact moment 2020 starts with the dropping of the Countdown Cod and a wonderful display of midnight fireworks! There are no bad seats for viewing the spectacular display over Oyster Pond – in fact, there are no seats at all, unless you watch from your car, or from your front porch. Join the crowd for a rousing finale to First Night that's way more fun than being in Times Square!
Oyster Pond at  Midnight  (Button-free)
 
Horse-drawn Wagon Rides
Photo: Michael Karchmer
 
Horse-drawn Wagon Rides
Buttons are required to hop aboard a horses-drawn buggy for a ride around town and wave to friends.
Buttons are required to hop aboard a horses-drawn buggy with some other folks to enjoy an old fashioned perspective as you drive around town and wave to friends and strangers. Children love it, and we love seeing them enjoy the town!
Main St at Town Hall at  1:45 to 4:45 PM
 
Just For High School Teens
 
Just For High School Teens
A Band will perform this year at the Teen Center. Drop in to warm up, see friends, and enjoy free pizza and drinks.
A Band will perform this year at the Teen Center. Drop in to warm up, see friends, and enjoy free pizza and drinks.
Community Center Lower Level at  7:00 to 11:00 PM  (Button-free)
 
Just For Middle School Teens: Laser Tag
 
Just For Middle School Teens: Laser Tag
Play laser tag, chill with friends, plus free pizza and drinks.
Hang out with friends from 7:00 to 10:00 at the Community Center. Returning this year: Laser Tag. Plus games, and free pizza and drinks.
Community Center 2nd Floor at  7:00 to 10:00 PM  (Button-free)
 
Legos
 
Legos
Use giant life-sized LEGOS to create and build robots, club houses, thrones, mazes, rainbows and more!
Build with giant life-sized LEGOS! Create life sized structures like rainbows, robots, club houses, thrones, mazes, and more! Only limit is your imagination. Fun for all ages!
Monomoy Middle School Cafeteria at  12:00 to 6:00 PM
 
Miniature Golf
Photo: John Markus
 
Miniature Golf
This year we have a full 9 holes of mini-golf at two separate locations. Who does not love mini golf in December!
This year we have a full 9 holes available for play at the Middle School Small Gym – 1 to 6 pm and a full 9 holes at the Community Center Gym – 1 to 6 pm. Who does not love mini golf, especially in December!
Monomoy Middle School Small Gym at  1:00 to 6:00 PM
Community Center Gym at  1:00 to 6:00 PM
 
Noise Parade
Photo: Ron Snider
 
Noise Parade
Make noise any way you want, wear silly hats, flash some lights. Walk to see the early fireworks!
Join the raucous fray! Make noise any way you want.

A police escort leads the parade and no one will be cited for too much noise. Great fun for kids and adults, who often wear silly hats. Start at the corner of Cross and Main at 6 pm, walk to rotary, then continue on to the Chatham Community Center to see the early fireworks!
Town Hall Corner (Main & Cross Streets) at  6:00 PM  (Button-free)
 
Rock 'n' Roll Racing
 
Rock 'n' Roll Racing
Two great family activities: Rock'n'Roll Racing, a mini-Nascar race track, and 9-hole mini-golf.
Rock'n'Roll Racing is a mini-Nascar race track where you drive a car from the side with a steering wheel and throttle. And 9-hole mini-golf is also here in the Middle School Gym.
Monomoy Middle School Small Gym at  1:00 to 6:00 PM
 
Town Photo
Photo: Spencer Kennard
 
Town Photo
Come with family & friends. Buy the photo or see it online. A whole-town event!
Important! Please use front gate only !
Show up with your family and friends and pets to pose for the Town Photo. Start First Night with a wave at the camera and a smile on your face. The photo will be available at the Chatham CVS store for purchase. A panorama deep-zoom photo will also be posted on the First Night Chatham website. Have fun zooming in to see if you blinked, check out who was there, and just enjoy actually seeing your lovely smile up close.
Chatham Lighthouse Grounds at  Noon  (Button-free)